Happy Canada Day everyone! This post marks the third yearin a row where I’ve written about something Canadian on Canada Day. Sadly, since I just came up with the idea to do this list a few hours ago, it’s hardly the most complete, thought-out list ever. But, it’s kinda fun. Plus, how many of you non-Canuck readers are gonna know the difference anyway? You probably think Canadian music begins and ends with Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. Bastards. Continue reading →
This list was the most difficult for me to make. This time out, I was both alive for the whole decade AND a consumer of music. In fact, I took music pretty seriously for the whole decade. The problem is that the music I took seriously (and bought in massive amounts) isn’t the music I take seriously today.
Throughout the 90s, I exclusively listened to hip-hop and R&B music. East Coast, West Coast, Underground, Gangsta, all of it. But, as time passed, I got a little older and the music of my youth didn’t speak to me as it once did. It also wasn’t as good as it used to be, as hip-hop became more mainstream and more predictable.
So I turned to rock, and eventually indie rock. The result is the songs I now like from 90s are quite different than the songs I liked in the 90s. But, it’s not like I listened to crap back then, so part of me want to represent that part of me in this list. But it’s hard to compare songs I listen to frequently with songs I mostly just listen to for nostalgic purposes. And thus, this list was hard. Continue reading →
I’m taking a quick break from my songs by decade lists to let some other people catch up with their lists and to do a list that I thought of awhile ago and was reminded of by a friend. Sometimes a pop song is used so effectively in a movie that it becomes inexorably connected to the scene it was used, to the point where you can’t hear the song without thinking of the movie in which it was used. These aren’t songs created for the movie, but rather songs that existed prior to the movie but are now forever linked with it. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but rather a list of songs/movies that pop into my head rather effortlessly (which makes sense, since it’s a requirement to make the list that the scene be memorable). I’m sure there’s tonnes of examples of scenes made memorable by the song used in it, so feel free to come up with your lists or to mention others here. Continue reading →
Time to move on to a decade that I was actually alive for (the whole decade!). This made the list a little difficult, since I had to battle nostalgia when deciding if a song was actually as good as I remembered it to be, and compare songs that have recently become favourites with ones that I loved back then. Still, even though I was alive for all of the 80s, I wasn’t really a music consumer (what with being 3-13 years old). Instead, I listened to whatever was around me, and had no appreciation for quality. So I was able to dismiss sentiment fairly easily this time. Continue reading →